John Singleton Joins TheGrill 2017 as Spotlight Interview

The eighth annual leadership conference takes place October 2-3 at the Montage Beverly Hills

Last Updated: September 20, 2017 @ 12:51 PM

Writer, producer and director John Singleton has joined the outstanding lineup of speakers at TheGrill 2017 conference.

The eighth annual leadership conference, to be held on October 2-3 at the Montage Beverly Hills, will feature a spotlight interview with Singleton sharing his insights on the impact of his filmmaking on American culture, from “Boyz N the Hood” to “Snowfall.”

In 1991, John Singleton blew Hollywood away and opened America’s eyes with “Boyz N the Hood,” a powerful, sensitive and insightful look at life on the streets of South Central L.A.

This year, he went back to L.A. with “Snowfall,” FX’s deep-dive series exploring the rise of crack in the 1980s. In between, he has expanded the scope and imagination of screen storytelling with films ranging from “Rosewood” to “Poetic Justice,” and action hits like “Four Brothers” and “2 Fast 2 Furious.”

And he has elicited unforgettable performances from cultural icons including Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur and Ice Cube. Last year he reunited with “Boyz N the Hood” star Cuba Gooding Jr. to direct the most shocking episode of FX’s acclaimed “The People v OJ Simpson” — an episode all the more incredible because it stayed so close to the facts.

Notable speakers already announced for TheGrill include Fox Television Group’s Dana Walden and Gary Newman along with Kathleen Grace of New Form, Darren Throop of Entertainment One, Jason Hirschhorn of REDEF, Sandra Stern of Lionsgate Television, Rich Greenfield of BTIG Research, Michael Bloom of First Look Media, Megan Colligan of Paramount Pictures, Beatriz Acevedo of mitú, Dave Shull of The Weather Channel and more. A complete schedule and speaker line-up for TheGrill 2017 are available online.

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